trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Definition of trader

1 : a person whose business is buying and selling or barter: such as
a : merchant
b : a person who buys and sells (something, such as stocks or commodities futures) in search of short-term profits
2 : a ship engaged in the coastal or foreign trade

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Examples of trader in a Sentence

She is a stock trader. early explorers and fur traders

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This piece of financial acumen, imparted by a trader to a colleague, is hard to beat for brevity. The Economist, "Even stockmarket bulls are more cautious than at the start of the year," 12 July 2018 Some authorities, including Joe McCann, a former Wall Street trader and founder of the tech company NodeSource, said there's a need for consultants in crypto assets, but they are not licensed or regulated. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "How two Louisville college dropouts in their 20s made a mint in Bitcoins," 29 Mar. 2018 The latest case occurred in the same month when a Kelantan rubber trader married an 11-year-old girl as his third wife, but only became public this week. Fox News, "Malaysia urged to ban child marriages as older man weds teen," 19 Sep. 2018 The good news for high-speed traders: U.S. markets shut three hours — 10.8 billion microseconds — early today before tomorrow’s July 4 holiday. Fortune, "This Heat Wave's So Bad It's Even Slowing Down U.S. Stock Trades," 3 July 2018 Inside, a member of the mosque’s staff holds classes for local traders on how to be a good communist. The Economist, "China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other," 31 May 2018 Black Spire Outpost is an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space. Marjie Lambert, miamiherald, "A new name in Star Wars lore: village at Galaxy's Edge, home to rogues and smugglers | Miami Herald," 27 May 2018 Custody has been a major concern for major traders, White acknowledged, who didn’t have anyone externally to secure their assets. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Coinbase wants to serve big Wall Street investors so it’s offering a service for safekeeping of cryptocurrencies," 15 May 2018 Hikers more interested in keeping their travels horizontal can traverse the trail along the Little Calumet River, which was once the Borman Expressway for fur traders and other early travelers. Michelle L. Quinn,, "Climb, swim, camp and more at the Indiana Dunes," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of trader

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of trader

: a person who buys, sells, or exchanges goods


trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Kids Definition of trader

1 : a person who trades
2 : a ship engaged in commerce

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